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the florida keys. 90% of homes damaged or destroyed. more of the same in the u.s. virgin islands where the power is still out. supplies are running low. we have reporters in the keys, tampa, u.s. virgin islands and st. martin. >> the justice department should certainly look at prosecuting former fbi director james comey.
did he though as sarah sders suggested break the law? white house all in on the really discrediting james comey as a witness. ahead of that investigation. welcome to "early start." it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. >> first a long and painful recovery getting underway in the florida keys. authorities and a handful of residents finally reaching some of hurricane irma's hardest hit areas and what they found was chilling. 25% of the homes destroyed. another 65% suffering major damage according to fema estimates. >> the picture becomes clearer and clearer. there are some signs of progress in monroe county. 80% of the roads in the keys are now cleared and according to the florida department of transportation, u.s. 1 and its 42 bridges have all been inspected and they are safe for
travel. >> florida keys marathon international have both opened to handle emergency response flights. they remain closed until further notice for commercial flights. a dusk to dawn curfew re-melanias in place until further notice. >> customers are still without power this morning. nearly two dozen counties remain at least 50% in the dark and even in some of the most populated counties where more than half the power is back on 1.5 million customers remain without power. >> 30,000 out of state utility workers are now trying to get the lights back on. full restoration could take weeks. president trump haedsieading to fort myers area. 24 of the fatalities in the u.s. and the u.s. virgin islands. more from the hard hit caribbean in just a moment. >> when you look at those
pictures, honestly there's not a leaf on a tree. just mud. the lower keys remain closed to everyone at this hour but some residents of the upper keys are being allowed into their home. that does not mean life is returning to normal. everyone is facing chal ledgili days and weeks ahead. >> we're in lower key just south from key largo to key west. you would think this is a single level home. this is a three-story condominium complex with 12 units in it that got crunched down to one level. right behind me is the third floor. below it is the second floor and the garage. 12 units in here. we talked to one of the owners. 73 years old. he's had a unit in here for 18 years. he believes that everybody lives
here evacuated. thankfully they did because they wouldn't have survived this and he wants to rebuild. if they do come here and rebuild it they eel build it to a better code. he thinks he can build it to a better code and sur vooifz these hurricanes. a lot of frustration as residents are coming back to their homes or trying to. we've seen a steady stream of cars all trying to get past check points. at certain points south of us, they're not letting even residents pass the check points because they say it's too dangerous to go in there. if they go in there and something happens to them they're not going to be able to call out. there's no cell phone, no land line, no water, no power. so a lot of frustration on the part of residents here, but the sheriff's deputies and others are saying you've got to be
patient. you know, we don't know when communications and power are going to be back up. this place is a disaster area. it looks like a war zone throughout this 115 mile stretch of the florida keys. >> long road to recovery there. one of the most critical needs in florida right now is gasoline. deliveries are beginning to reach central florida but there are serious challenges getting fuel trucks where they're needed most. more from tampa. >> reporter: as it heats up here in florida people are looking for a few things not only gas but they're also looking for fast food. we saw long lines as businesses started to reopen, but that critical need of gas is something that people are still searching for. we snt the day with theoast guard as they opened the shipping channels here in tampa bay and that is so important because of all the gas that this port provides to the central florida area.
some of those large tankers back there, those are the first three of seven more that are coming in. that will be ten total that will be bringing gas to the area. it provides gas for florida and both airports. now gas will be flowing back into this area, but there's a combination that's going on here. you've got to think about this. there was an unprecedented run on gas and that happened as people were trying to be in preparation for the hurricane. you need that electricity to be able to pump the gas. those combinations created an effect here. when someone finds out there's a gas station with gas that run starts all over again. officials are hoping by the end of the week gas will be flowing back through the lines the way we're all accustomed to. >> all right. yeah, some of those shipments started coming into tampa bay and that will start to help.
millions of people in florida will be dealing with excessive heat woutz air conditioning or power. more in the forecast here. you look at some of these temperatures. there's nothing like several days of high temperatures. you're trying to clean up or just get back to normal. >> the factors that really the human body responds to so effectively is humidity, air temperature, and any sort of physical activity. you p those three things together it is a dangerous scenario regardless and you take the power out and it's a bad recipe all the way around. low 80s at this hour and you look at the observations in key west. it's fascinating the weather observations completely knocked out for obvious regions. around the virgin islands, the turks and caicos, weather observations all out of observation as the storm
inundated that region. we're talking heat. up to 101 degrees in the afternoon hours. northern central florida mid 90s to lower 90s as well. when you look at an area, we're talking 4.3 million without power. you say 10 to maybe 16 million people across the state of florida without power right now and then you look at it another way. we know the state of florida well known for its elderly population. over 3 million people estimated to be over age 65. one in 20 are over age 08 and we often say the elderly, the children, the most susceptible to extreme heat because their bodies do not cool off. swe sweating is the most efficient way to cool off. it becomes a very dangerous scenario.
>> some important information there. >> all right. the extent of the damage becoming painfully clear in the caribbean. cnn has crews on several of the islands. we have more on the long recovery efforts expected not only there but for all of the u.s. virgin islands. >> reporter: this island, st. thomas was one of the first to get hit business hurricane irma. a category 5 when it hit last wednesday and it has become very clear that it is going to be one of the last to fully recover from that storm. as we approach today six days later, it was immediately clear there is still devastation across this island. barely a structure that wasn't touched. barely a leaf on a tree. we spoke to people who spent days just chain sawing themselves out of their own local roads, their own community to get to the main streets. we saw people who six days later
are trying to get off the island. getting in and out of this island is incredibly difficult with the airport and the ferry ports damaged, just now are people beginning to be able to leave and just now are supplies able to come in. we have seen locals helping each other using private resources like private yachts and private airplanes to ferry in medicine, food, water, diapers, formula, things that people stranded here desperately need as they move forward in recovery. i'm here at the local headquarters for emergency management. me ma came fema came to the island but almost a week later they are now just starting to get to some people. authorities here admitting to us they have not yet been able to search all of the corners of
these islands. back to you. >> there's been some concern. so many people saying this is not just an island that are trapped for vacationers. these are american citizens. no paychecks right now. clearly no running water, no electricity. >>. >> no schools, no hospitals and to send them supplies, there's no post office so it's difficult to help if you want to. surprising suggestion from the president's press secretary. >> the president encourage the doj to prosecute comey? >> that's the job of the department of justice and something they should certainly look at. >> the doj should consider prosecuting the former fbi director. that's next. building a website in under an hour is easy with gocentral...
lied to congress. the press secretary making a case for criminal charges. >> comey by his own self-as mission leaked privileged government information weeks before president trump fired him. his actions were improper and likely could have been illegal. >> would the president encourage the doj to prosecute come y? >> that's the department of justice and something they should look at. >> something they would like to see? >> i'm not sure about that but if there's ever a moment where somebody's broken the law particularly that should be something that should be looked at. >> former white house chief strategist steve bannon telling 60 minutes the firing was the worst mistake in modern political history. a much anticipated meeting between tim scott.
he will be discussing the president's response to the violence in charlottesville last month. >> what we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. that moral authority is compromised when tuesday happens. >> last night the president met with a bipartisan group of senators. we are told he approached it as a trust building exercise. the president is willing to work with democrats now that he has shed the advice of hard line republicans who are no longer in the white house. seattle major ed murray announcing his resignation in the wake of a new sex allegation against him. the mayor's cousin telling the seattle times murray abused him back in the 1970s. it is the fifth person to publicly accuse the mayor of child sexual abuse. seatt seattle's first openly guy mayor denies the allegations.
he is resigning so his personal issues do not affect the citizens. 36 u.s. senators seek a federal probe into equifax shares sold after the discovery in july. equifax only made this public last week, the breach exposed the data of 143 million of you including your birthday, social security number, your driver's license, equifax's response has prompted a public fire storm. the company only offered free credit monitoring if victims waived their right to sue. equifax backtracked after conversations prodding from the new york attorney general. massachusetts attorney general plans to sue equifax.
>> americaning shouldn't expect these things to happen and the current situation is quite unfortunate. >> quite unfair. mnuchin added that the safety of u.s. financial data is his top priority. they eve been rolling back consumer protections. ceo richard smith accepts all the criticism writing they are going to strengthen against cyber crimes. certainly a big failure for equifax. if you have a car loan, if you have a home loan, if you have a credit card, this information is out there and you are not the customer of equifax. people who want to know more about you are the customers of equifax so there's no priority for your information to be secure. >> and you've checked your own -- i've not even done the homework you asked me to do. >> do a credit freeze and it might cost you five or 10 bucks. all three credit rating
agencies, do a credit freeze. >> a botched handling of that deal. quit programming note now, hillary clinton will speak tonight on cnn. she'll discuss the 2016 election and that new book you may have heard about, what happened, that's tonight on cnn. and will the sanctions against north korea do anything to slow the ambitions. more from north korea, next. around professional sports taking hits and catching our fair share of aches and pains. which is why we use blue-emu's pain relief products. blue-emu products; non-greasy, deep-penetrating formula that works down into your muscles and joints and works its magic. it's comfort that won't leave you smelling like a football gym bag or an old catcher's mitt or a shower mat in the locker room. how about an old pair of socks after an extra inning game. blue-emu, it works fast and you won't stink.
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impact but it was nice to get a 15-0 vote but those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen. >> offering his take on the new u.n. sanctions on north korea. the president calling the measures quote, not a big deal insisting more steps need to be taken to reign in kim jong-un. >> calling the sanctions a heinous provocation by the united states. the only western tv journalist reporting from north korea joins us live from pyongyang. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. certainly very strong words and not unexpected to hear the north koreans condemning these strongest possible terms. for what they call a full on economic blockade.
the u.s. didn't get the full on oil embargo cutting off this country's supply. china and russia wouldn't go for it and so at least for now these sanctions do not az peer to be a fatal blow although it will make it more difficult for north korea to bring it in. north korea's economy grew by almost 4% last year according to the estimates. there are many cars on the streets, more goods for sale in stores and people are not worried. they shrugged off those comments from president. a major show of force. quite dramatic and additionally a test for the first time of air to surface missiles that south korea says could specifically take out missile launch sites in north korea and they continue to threaten the leadership of this country saying they could track down and threaten the leader kim
years of rebuilding ahead for the florida keys. 90% of homes there are either damaged or destroyed. more of the same in the virgin islands where the power is out, supplies are running low, some of these harbors simply wiped away. we have reporters in the keys, tampa, u.s. virgin islands and st. martin. >> fired fbi director, should he be prosecuted a president's spokes person says the justice
department should consider it. an unusual suggestion from the white house podium yesterday. >> it is 31 minutes past the hour. let' begin in the keys this morning. it is starting down a very long road to recovery. authorities and a handful of residents finally reaching some of the hardest hit areas by hurricane irma and what they found, simply defz station. 25% of the home on the chain of islands destroyed. another 65% suffering major damage. this is all according to initial estimates. >> there are some signs of progress in monroe county where the keys are located. 8 o% of the roads in the keys now cleared and according to the florida department of transportation u.s. 1 and 42 bridges have all been inspected and are safe for travel. >> key west international airport and florida keys marathon internation have opened but just to handle
emergency response flights. they remain closed until further notice for commercial flights. a dusk to dawn curfew remains in place until furtz "early start" noti -- further notice. majority of the people in florida without power. nearly two dozen counties remain 50% in the dark and some of the most populated counties, 1.5 million customers remain without power. 30,000 out of state utility workers trying to help get the power back on. the fort myers area tomorrow, the death toll reaching 55. 24 of those fatalities in the u.s., puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands. the lower keys remain closed to everyone at this hour, but some residents of the upper keys are being allowed back into their homes. that does not mean life is
returning to normal. everyone along the island chain is facing massive challenges. more from this hard hit region. >> we're in lower key just south of islamorada. this is a three story condominium complex with 12 units that got crunched down to one level. right behind me is the third floor. below it crunched into the ground and the water is the second floor and the garage. 12 units in here. we talked to one of the owners. he's had a unit in here for 18 years. he believes that everybody who lives here evacuated. thankfully they did because they probably wouldn't have survived this. he wants to rebuild. if they do come here and rebuild it they'll build it to a better
code. he thinks he can get it rebuilt to a better code and survive these strong hurricanes. a lot of frustration on the part of keys residents as they're coming back into their homes or trying to. we've seen steady streams of cars, utility vehicles all trying to get past check points. t at certain points south of us near marathon key and other keys they're not letting residents pass the check points because it's too dangerous to go in there. if they go in there and something happens to them they're not going to be able to call out. there are no cell phone, no land line, no water, no power, so a lot of frustration on the part of residents down here that that's going on but the sheriff's deputies and others are saying you've got to be patient. you know, we don't know when communications and power are going to be back up. this place is a disaster area. it looks like a war zone throughout this 115 mile stretch of the keys.
>> all right. thanks. one of the most critical needs in florida right now is gas. deliveries are beginning to reach central florida but there are serious challenges getting trucks where they're needed most. more from tampa. >> as it heats up here in florida people are looking for a few things, not only gas but they're also looking for fast food. we saw long lines as businesses started to reopen, but that critical need of gas is something that people are still searching for. we spent the day with the coast guard as they opened the shipping channels here in tampa bay and that is so important because of all the gas that this port provides for the central florida area. you can see some of those large tankers back there. those are the first three of seven more that are going to be coming in. that's tenotal tt will be bringing gas to this area. not only does it provide gas for central florida but for both airports. the tampa bay airport and the
orlando international airport. now gas will be flowing back into this area. you've got to think about this. there was an unprecedented run on gas and that happened as people tried to flow in preparation of the hurricane and the idea that electricity was lost in so many places. you need that to be able to pump the gas. those combinations created an effect here that had a lot of places without gas and when someone finds out there's a gas station without gas, they hope they'll be flowing back through the lines the way we're all accustomed to. >> we are seeing some positive signs in miami-dade county, the mayor lifting the curfew that's been in effect since sunday. the city of miami doing away with its curfew. some 600,000 customers in the county still without power. that's more than two thirds of miami-dade. >> a major hub for cruise ships
is now operational. the first ships arriving late last night packed with thousands of passengers, cruise ship passengers who rode this storm out at sea. for many, getting a flight out of miami won't be easy. the airport is open but operating on a limited schedule. the extent of damage is becoming clearer. boats washed ashore, the dock left in tatters. >> all right. now, millions of people in florida dealing with excessive heat without air conditioning or any power. our meteorologist has more. looking at some weeks without power with that wicked heat index. good morning. >> you know, this is an area that people keep the air conditioning on year round so when you think about the significance of this, this i think is one of the bigger elements coming into play after the storm as moved out of this region. melbourne, naples, key west, the
areas impacted most cig kabtsly, kind of puts it in perspective of the damage but where you can see it's generally 80 to 100% humidity. meaning the atmosphere nearly saturated. the body does a fantastic response by cooling itself off. now, if humidities are close to 100%. the sweat beads will sit on your skin. of course once you get your core temperature up to about 104 your nervous system begins to fail and that becomes a life threatening situation and we touch on this because we know 4.3 million customers without power. customers meaning 3 to 4 people per customer. heat index pushing up to about 100 degrees and florida has among the highest elderly populations as well. 1 in 20 over the age of 80. we know the elderly among the
most susceptible to such temperatures as well. lower 80s, you factor in the humidity and keep in mind 6.5 trillion gallons of water fell across this region so just about every single inch of the ground is saturated. all of that evaporates into the air. the humidity is high and that moisture in the form of sweat sits on your skin, so it's very difficult to get any cooling from your body and of course without air conditioning from any advanced technology even as well so it becomes a hard scenario. >> also hard for those florida power and light workers trying to get power backn for that region. >> all right. hurricane irma blamed for 31 deaths in the caribbean. st. martin, a cnn team has reached the dutch controlled territory. it is cloaked in eerie darkness. >> reporter: i just want to show you the first impression you get
when you get to st. maarten. this is it. there's no light. so little power on the island so all along that street, there's a furniture store and many other stores, only two of them have a light that's running. we're actually very fortunate because the biggest newspaper on the island has agreed to let us sleep here. they eve got power. they're one of the rare people that have power. the power company is going house to house. they've got to make sure there are no live wires to turn it on. let me show you a couple things that are necessary right now. this is a generator. the few lights that are on in the island, either they're one of the fortunate ones that have the power turned back on or they have a generator. if they have a generator they need the gasoline, but the gas stations, they're all closed and that buys you in this building about two hours of power.
let me show you this way. so these are the guys who have allowed us to stay here and this is the reason we can put this broadcast out there. one of the few things, i know you didn't want to talk about this, but this is what happens. why are you sleeping here? >> the roof of my house is gone. >> you can't sleep in your house anymore? >> once it gets a little bit better fixed i will be, yeah, but that's going to be a while. >> so for the moment tom is one of the many, many people who's homeless. we can put it that way and who's sleeping here with his wife. he's part of the sports section at the paper. let me show you this. this is a lifeline. i was telling you about the gasoline. we consider this is about two hours of power and with everything that's been filled up we have maybe two days of power. once that goes out, not much we can do.
and this is the printing press. they can't print anymore because this requires water. there's no water. it's essentially what the dutch marines are giving you. this is the last newspaper they printed on tuesday. it was the day before the hurricane hit. and this is the headline. businesses must close at noon, curfew, 8:00 p.m. now, with all this, there's one glimmer of hope which is we've learned now that tomorrow, two things going to reopen that are key to a normal functioning life here in st. maarten. a couple of supermarkets have said they're reopening on wednesday. that's going to bring a great relief if they do open to the population of st. maarten and gas stations have warned they will reopen. there will be security to make sure it's done in an orderly fashion. it's the very beginning of fe
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jobs in july. this is a huge number, but such a high number is both good news and bad news. the good news is employers are clearly hiring. business is good. they want to hire people. the bad news here is employers claim they cannot find workers to fill these jobs. some blame a skills gap. they say the workers who are available don't have the skills needed for these jobs. others complain the jobs don't offer enough wages. this report contradicts a central argument of president president trump's decision to end daca. that assumption daca takes jobs away from young americans but most conclude immigrants help fill an employment gap, a gap largely filled by demographics. about 34 million americans are
retired. the baby boom generation retiring. in that same span of time the lab labor force has only grown 12% meaning there aren't enough young americans to replace the retirees. administration officials claim comey is a leaker who lied to congress. the press secretary making a case for criminal charges. >> comey by his own self-admission leaked privileged government information weeks before president trump fired him. his actions were improper and likely could have been illegal. >> would the president encourage the doj to prosecute comey? >> that's up to the department of justice. >> is that something he'd like to see? i'm not sure about that specifically but if there's ever a moment where someone's broken
the law particularly if they're the head of the fbi that's something that should be looked at. >> steve bannon saying the firing was the first mistake in modern political history. will the indians lose another game this season? it's 20 wins in a row now and counting. the tribe shutting out the tigers last night behind their ace. the victory ties the 2002 money ball a's for the longest winning streak in american history. just one win shy set by the cubs in 1935. they tried for their 21st straight at noon eastern time. i think it's about seven hours away. what a remarkable run and something people have hardly noticed nationwide because of course they're the cleveland indians. >> head's up for that banner. >> what an outstanding story for them. ten years after t launch of the first iphone, apple
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sanctions, but calling the measures not a big deal and insisting more steps need to be taken to reign i kim jong-un. and the state run news agency is calling it a heinous provocation by the united states. the only western tv journalist reporting from north korea, joining us live from pyongyang. good morning to you. >> reporter: it's interesting to hear president trump acknowledging that these sanctions don't go far enough because the concessions that had to be thrown in there to appease russia and china eliminated what the u.s. feels could have been a fatal blow to the economy. the u.s. says they will cut oil imports into this country by as much as a third which could spike everything from gas prices to energy prices and have a direct impact on life here in
pyongyang. north korea condemns these sanctions in the strongest possible terms. they call it a full on economic block aid but despite they they will double down on their efforts to rapidly grow their nuclear arsenal. so how does south korea respond to a man that they call a dictator armed with nuclear weapons the first ever test of a long range air to surface missile that they say could strike targets here inside north korea. >> thanks, will. all right. be sure to join cnn 10:00 p.m. this friday night for will's special secret state inside north korea friday night, 10:00 only on cnn. extraordinary access. >> let's get a check on money ream this morning. global stocks mixed after a
record day on wall street. all three major eindexes hit highs. mnuchin says he's hopeful tax reform will happen this year. he says the administration may make tax cuts retroactive. apple introduce ago trio of new iphones including a premium version worth about $1,000. it debuted its iphone x. the anniversary phone has an edge to age screen, scans your face to log in. if customers don't want to spend a grand, apple unveiled the iphone 8 and 8 plus. middle class americans got another raise last year. a record more than $59,000 last
year. wage growth has been flat in recent years so this increase is pretty stunning. experts say it's because more people are returning to work as opposed to getting significant new raises. this is about people getting back into the job market. fascinating 59,000 -- >> some more people can pay $1,000 for an iphone? >> i don't recommend that's the best financial decision. >> "early start" continues right now. the latest devastation we're seeing from hurricane irma. >> years of rebuilding ahead in the florida keys. 90% of homes damaged or destroyed. more of the same in the ir gin islands. reporters in the keys, tampa, u.s. virgin islands and on st. martin. >> and the justice department should certainly look at the